UP Aerospace and Cesaroni Create Solid Rocket Motor Manufacturing Facility at Spaceport America

UP Aerospace Inc. and Cesaroni Aerospace teamed to create a state-of-the-art solid rocket motor manufacturing and test facility at Spaceport America, New Mexico. The project was completed in under one year with the culmination of three full scale SpaceLoft solid rocket motor static test firings. The new facility, called the Space Propulsion Center (SPC), is co-owned and operated by the two companies and is located at Spaceport America adjacent to the UP Aerospace Sub-Orbital Space Launch Complex. The new capability was created in part to support propulsion development of the UP Aerospace Spyder orbital launch vehicle. The Spyder rocket, under development in collaboration with NASA, is targeting a total launch cost of $1M for a 20-pound payload to Low Earth Orbit. The facility will also be used to produce high performance military grade rocket motors for the US government.

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“UP Aerospace has been a long term partner of Spaceport America and we are very proud of their continued progress. UP Aerospace is a great reflection of the exciting work being performed in the space industry and highlights Spaceport America’s role in supporting civil, commercial and national security space in southern New Mexico.”
- Daniel Hicks, Spaceport America Chief Executive Officer

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“Implementing construction of the southern road while Virgin Galactic executes the final stages of its transition to Spaceport America as a hub for suborbital commercial human spaceflight is an example of the complementary way in which New Mexico works in tandem with co-locating business enterprises to prepare a successful foundation for economic development in the region.”
- Chris Lopez, Spaceport America Vice President of Site Operations

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